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10 Things I Wish I Had Known As A Freshman...




List of topics below


10 - 15 minutes


To create classroom discussion based around these starter questions in hopes that students will learn from these suggestions.


In order to create classroom discussion, read the following list aloud to your students. Feel free to add in your own pieces of advice that you wish you had known as a freshman. As an upperclassmen and having already gone through freshmen year, you can use yourself as a valuable resource to your students.

Near the end of the semester, you can also have your students write down things they wish they had known upon entering college, and compare their responses to those provided below.

10 Things I Wish I Had Known As A Freshman...

1. Go to CLASS!!!

  • Seriously. It actually helps. The more you see the material you will be tested on, the easier it will be for you to retain it.

2. Cramming is a BAD idea.

  • We've all been there, and yea, sometimes it helps, but a good way to prepare for a test is to start the week or two before and study a little bit each night.

3. Work hard NOW.

  • If you work really hard now and get good grades, you can relax your senior year!
  • Remember, it is very difficult to bring a LOW GPA up, but it is easier to keep a GOOD GPA high.

4. Get an internship (or two...)

  • This is the absolute best idea for someone who isn't sure what they want to do (AND for someone who does!). An internship is the perfect way to get experience, build a resume, and find out what you like and don't!
  • Try, Coastal Fellowships, Office of Internships.
  • It doesn't matter how young you are; be enthusiastic!

5. Study Abroad!

  • Now is the time to explore and enjoy your life! Get immersed in a new culture, learn from foreign students, and explore a different country!
  • You can do this for credit.

6. Choose a minor.

  • It is SO easy to minor: 18 credits = 6 classes
  • What is the best minor for you?
    • One that compliments your major.
    • One that is completely different from your major.
  • OR... do whatever you want
    • TMD
    • Italian
    • Communications
    • Whatever!
  • You're already here... you might as well do something extra!

7. Join a club.

  • Possibly the most fun you will have at school!
  • Make new friends, have fun, do what you love.
  • There are countless organizations to choose from!

8. Volunteer!!!

  • This is the easiest way to gain experience.
  • You don't have to get hired or be interviewed.
  • You can work for many different organizations: school, government, NPOs, etc

9. Get an On-Campus Job

  • Strapped for cash? No car?
  • It is SO EASY to get an on-campus job.
  • The school is very flexible and will work with you to come up with a schedule around your classes.
  • You can get a job in a field you are interested in!

10. Have FUN.

  • The time to do what you want is now. You're young and carefree!
  • You have an opportunity to go on a road trip? Go.
  • Just be RESPONSIBLE.

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